GREETINGS FROM MS. MELODY SEARS, PRINCIPAL AT NORTHWEST SCHOOL OF THE ARTS
Hello, Northwest School of the Arts Community! We are happy that you and your family are enjoying a super summer, and that you will either be returning to us next year or coming to us as a new family. To make your re-entry or transition smoother, we thought we would include a few things you need to know in this message. Yes, we have our reading lists, audition dates, and calendars up on our site, but there are some specifics to North Carolina Schools and some things related to this school, in particular, that may bear repeating for the upcoming school year.
It is a policy in North Carolina that students at the high school level maintain a number of “seat time” hours for every class for which credit is given. A student could be passing in a class and still not have the seat time required to get credit for the class. Excused or unexcused absences count — it does not matter if an absence is excused; it counts in the seat time equation. A student who goes over the ten class absences allowed must “recover” seat time, hour for hour and minute for minute, in order to get any credit for the class. I will be looking over doctor notes, field trip notifications, and educational experiences outside of the school, as I do have an ability to waive many of those sorts of absences. We need to make sure that your student does not get counted absent for field-trips and performances during school times. Should you have a question about student attendance, you may want to contact Ms. Lefko in our attendance office, to figure out your student's hours of recovery. It is important that your student remains at school all day, every school day, to avoid racking up time to recover.
With a magnet program, timing is everything. Students are not to be at school earlier than 8:30 in the morning or later than 4:30 in the afternoons. We simply do not have the man hours and other resources to supervise students who come earlier or stay later. In the magnet agreement, students who have transportation issues will have to return to their home schools. This past year, we did our best to try to work with students who constantly came early or stayed late, but we are finding that this is impossible for the coming school year. Our tardy policy is posted on the website. Students consistently late to school are considered to have transportation issues.
Speaking of times, it is important that students are picked up from school at least thirty minutes after the official end of a school event. Students who are remaining at the school after thirty minutes will be unable to attend any more of the school's events for the remainder of the semester. We do not have the resources to pay police for extra duty hours, or the ability to require teachers to remain to look after students for more than thirty minutes after an event has ended.
Students who fail their arts classes must return to their home schools. At the middle school level, those students who do not score at grade level on their EOG's, reading, or math tests will find they must be actively enrolled in a semester health and PE class that is one semester in length. This gives students the time needed to get their academics up so that they can master both the required academic coursework and their arts majors work in the future. Students who score on grade level will be eligible to enroll in a Thursday-Friday special time to take the required health and PE class, opening up more space to engage in electives. That consideration will also be given to our EC population also enrolled in learning lab.
Our school has really hit the news with all the awards at the national and regional levels, this year. At graduation, this year, I mentioned a great many of those awards, but as the visual arts did not get the recognition it so greatly deserves, I want to especially recognize our visual arts program. Several of our visual arts students just returned from New York City, where our school was nationally recognized through them at the National Scholastic Awards at Carnegie Hall. Michelle Obama was the welcoming speaker. Please take an opportunity to view this and related presentations through our social media sites links on this website, as well as take a look at senior awards and graduation pictures for this year!
My door is always open to my children and their parents. Thank you so much for keeping your hearts open for me!
Community Connect !!
Re-Link or link your VIC card at Harris Teeter! TIE:1721
Re-Link or link your Target Charge purchases to 80462 by going to https://rcam.target.com.
Use #70060673 at Office Depot, and help our school! No need to re-link, just mention our school at the register!
Link your cards to Food Lion and Bi-Lo!
Please remember the dress code!
The graduation rate for 2013 at NWSA is 97.37%
Please remember the dress code — yes, we said that, TWICE!!!!
NWSA is a National Magnet School of DISTINCTION, winning one of our nation's TOP awards for magnet schools!
NWSA ACT scores for 2013 were above the state average. ACT scores are higher for this year than for 2013!! We were above the state average for that year, too!
NWSA is a “Top Five” CMS school for graduation rate at 97.37%, higher than the CMS average and the average for the state!
Why does that matter? Training in the arts has been proven to lead to higher GPA's and standardized test scores, and lower drop-out rates and increased graduation rates!
Please pick your student up no later than 30 minutes after an event!